It has been observed in recent days that several images are being posted and shared on social media, which make controversial remarks against the Supreme Court’s incoming Chief Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar.
Regarding this matter, the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Khan Niazi, has written a letter to the interior ministry to take action against the internet users who are doing so and indulging in slander online, bringing them to book under the cyber crime law.
In the letter he wrote about how such images are circulating all around social media in Pakistan, one of which includes an image which shows President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and the CJP-designate Mian Saqib Nisar.
The letter gets to the heart of the matter:
“The said image is also being captioned with incorrect, misleading and slanderous allegations with respect to the CJP-designate Mian Saqib’s professional capabilities.”
It also states that such acts constitute an act of misrepresentation, slander and defamation which is punishable by law.
“Sharing of the image under such pretenses also constitutes an attack on the superior judiciary of Pakistan, which adds to the gravity of the criminal acts. This trend needs to be checked.”
The letter says that criminal action should be taken against individual users and group accounts on social media and against the websites under chapter XXI of the Pakistan Penal Code (Act XLV of 1960). The Defamation Ordinance 2002 section 198 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 and section 11 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2015.
Interior Minister, Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan took notice of the letter on Wednesday and commanded the FIA to probe into the malicious social media campaign and take action against the responsible individuals. He ordered a comprehensive probe in this regard, vowing to bring the culprits to justice.